FAQ Follow On:Twitter Google+ Facebook Tumblr subscribe by RSS or Email

Powerful Earthquake Strikes the Philippines

|

On Tuesday, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook Bohol province in the central Philippines, tearing up roads, collapsing hundreds of structures -- including more than a dozen historic churches -- and claiming more than 140 lives. All but two of the 20 bridges on Bohol Island were destroyed, hampering rescue efforts. Residents have been warned to stay out of large buildings until their structural integrity can be checked. In the meantime, thousands are temporarily homeless. [28 photos]

Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate  Choose:
An image of Virgin Mary and baby Jesus, in front of the collapsed centuries-old Our Lady of Light church in Loon, Bohol, a day after an earthquake hit central Philippines, on October 16, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro)
An image of Virgin Mary and baby Jesus, in front of the collapsed centuries-old Our Lady of Light church in Loon, Bohol, a day after an earthquake hit central Philippines, on October 16, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro)
A resident looks out from the window of his family's house that fell into a river after an earthquake, in Buenavista, Bohol, on October 16, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
A view of a portion of a damaged highway in Getafe, Bohol, central Philippines, on October 16, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
Earthquake damage on the historic Basilica Minore of Santo Nino de Cebu, in Cebu City, on October 15, 2013. (Reuters/Stringer) #
A collapsed building after an earthquake struck Cebu city, on October 15, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
Rescuers use a car jack to retrieve a body pinned by debris in a fish market after an earthquake struck Cebu city, on October 15, 2013. (Reuters/Charlie Saceda) #
Residents stand outside a damaged building after an earthquake struck Cebu city, on October 15, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
Damaged structures along the coast after an earthquake struck Bohol, central Philippines, on October 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stringer) #
A landslide, caused by Tuesday's 7.2-magnitude earthquake, seen from Cortes township, Bohol, on October 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) #
A cross stands at the site of the collapsed St Michael Parish church in Clarin, Bohol a day after the earthquake, on October 16, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
A view of the destroyed St Michael Parish church in Clarin, Bohol, on October 16, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
Children emerge from their half-submerged home which was damaged by Tuesday's 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Cortes township, Bohol, on October 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) #
Rescue members recover the body of a vendor killed after an earthquake hit Pasil market in Cebu City, on October 15, 2013. (Reuters/Stringer) #
Firefighters stand near destroyed vehicles covered with rubble after an earthquake struck Cebu city, on October 15, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel load relief goods onto a PCG vessel at a port in Manila on October 16, 2013. Rescue workers raced to reach isolated communities on a popular Philippine tourist island that was devastated by a huge earthquake, as aftershocks tormented survivors and the death toll climbed to 144. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images) #
Members of the Philippine Coast Guard carry sacks filled with relief goods to load on-board the BRP Corregidor, flagship of the Philippine coast guard, at a port in Manila, on October 16, 2013. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco) #
Residents walk past a destroyed church belfry in Tubigon, Bohol, on October 16, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
Villagers use a boat to cross a river after a bridge was damaged in Loon, Bohol, on October 16, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
Rubble from the toppled bell tower of Saint Peter church is scattered at an intersection at Loboc township, Bohol province, on October 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) #
Residents walk past the collapsed facade of the San Pedro y San Pablo Parish after an earthquake struck Loboc town, Bohol on October 15, 2013. (Reuters/Stringer) #
Huge boulders block a highway at Cortes township, Bohol on October 16, 2013, a day after a 7.2-magnitude quake struck. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) #
Patients are treated at a temporary shelter in Cebu city, on October 15, 2013. (Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images) #
A boy rides a bicycle past a destroyed building in Loon, Bohol, on October 16, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
A aerial shot of houses that collapsed in the aftermath of an earthquake that struck Bohol province, on October 15, 2013. (Reuters/Stringer) #
Residents display a message as they camp out in the middle of a rice field to avoid aftershocks following Tuesday's quake at Calape township, Bohol province, on October 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) #
Residents rest on a sidewalk as they spend the night on a road due to aftershocks from an earthquake in Cebu city, on October 15, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
Wreckage of the centuries-old Our Lady of Light church in Loon, Bohol, a day after an earthquake hit, on October 16, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
A quake-damaged statue of Jesus hangs beside the collapsed Our Lady of Light church in Loon, Bohol, on October 16, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #

Related links and information

Previous gallery | Next gallery | View All Back to top

Recent Entries

Join the Discussion

blog comments powered by Disqus

On Newsstands Now

Subscribe and SAVE 65%
10 issues JUST $2.45/COPY

The Atlantic Monthly

The real roots of midlife crisis, the curious case of Jesus's wife, when schools are too strict, the coming fall of Facebook, the new science of hit songs, and more